SMS scam examples:
You’re asked to check something by clicking on a link
You might be asked to check your credit card details by clicking on a link. You may receive a fake myGov message, asking you to check on your tax return, debt, or refund.
You’re sent an emotional plea or invited to win a prize.
You might receive a message with a short story, inviting you to use a telephone number, or to click on a link, or to supply information such as a tax file number.
There may be an emotional plea associated with the messages. For example, someone is poverty stricken, unwell or seeking a relationship. Or, you might be invited to enter a competition to win a prize.
You’re asked to upload photographs for money
You might even be asked to upload photograph images in return for a payment. By clicking on a link, you may, without knowing it, sign up to a costly subscription service, or download malicious software.
Frequently asked questions
Who’s behind these SMS scams?
Scammers can be convincing fraudsters and can be either:
- Individuals, acting alone or:
- Members of large, sophisticated, global enterprises.
Regardless of their size, scammers set out to deliberately mislead someone into:
- Handing over money.
- Divulging bank account details, or
- Sharing sensitive personal information.
- How do I block these unwanted messages?
How can I stay safe?
It’s a good idea to be wary about any text message you receive that asks you to:
- Call a number you don't know.
- Click on a link you haven’t seen before.
- Contact someone who you don't know.
- Send an image to an unknown message sender.